About The Book
Tonight is the night for secrets…
Pregnant Victoria Valbon was brutally murdered in an alley three weeks ago –
and her killer hasn’t been caught.
Tonight is Stella McKeever’s final radio show. The theme is secrets. You tell her
yours, and she’ll share some of hers.
Stella might tell you about Tom, a boyfriend who likes to play games, about the
mother who abandoned her, now back after twelve years. She might tell you
about the perfume bottle with the star-shaped stopper, or about her father …
What Stella really wants to know is more about the mysterious man calling the
station … who says he knows who killed Victoria, and has proof.
Tonight is the night for secrets, and Stella wants to know everything…
With echoes of the chilling Play Misty for Me, Call Me Star Girl is a taut, emotive
and all-consuming psychological thriller that plays on our deepest fears,
providing a stark reminder that stirring up dark secrets from the past can be deadly…
Release Date: April 18, 2019
It is Stella McKeever’s last night working as a radio talk show host and tonight’s theme is all about secrets. She invites her listeners to call in to the show and expose their deepest darkest secrets, ones they have never told anyone else before. But, in doing so, Stella also feels compelled to tell her own. Especially when The Man Who Knows has been calling the radio station with the biggest secret of them all.
Louise Beech has written such a simple story and yet at the same time nothing is as simple as it seems. At times atmospheric and other times quite haunting, Beech has created a beautifully telling story that has an old world charm reminiscent of the old black and white movies I watched with my grandmother as a teen. I really was not quite sure what to expect when I first starting reading Call Me Star Girl, but I can tell you that Beech has captured something that not many authors can do which is take a modern story and turn it into a classic that will resonate with readers of any age. This is THE story that will stay with you long after the last page is read.
The story is mainly told through Stella’s eyes, but we do get pieces of her mother’s story in the past and present and in doing so you can see and sense the foreshadowing and foreboding the deeper you get into their lives. While nothing seems connected at first, you can slowly see each point coming together in brilliantly written twists that will leave you gasping. I thought I had it all figured out, but how wrong I was as those twists took another turn and you are led down a different path. I never saw the ending coming.
I also want to point out that even though this is a dark and chilling story, you can see and sense what it truly means to love someone with everything in your being. Love is another major theme that is shown through the pages. Love that is raw and complicated and you can see this with Stella and her mother who has reappeared in Stella’s life after abandoning her fourteen years earlier. Even though most of her adult years Stella was apart from her mother, you can see the similarities between the two of them and what they have both done in the name of love. It is really eye opening just reading the parallels they both share and how it is incorporated into the heart of this story.
Call Me Star Girl is gripping, exhilarating, and intoxicating. It will lead you down a labyrinth of twists and turns that will have you gasping never wanting the story to end. If you are in search of a story that is fresh and different then you for sure want to pick up a copy of this book. I can now see why Louise Beech is a fan favorite. I will certainly be adding her books to my TBR especially since Call Me Star Girl is at the top of my list for favorites books of 2019.
About The Author:
Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The follow-up, The
Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Both of her previous books Maria in the Moon and The Lion Tamer Who Lost were
widely reviewed, critically acclaimed and number-one bestsellers on Kindle. The Lion Tamer Who Lost was shortlisted for the RNA Most
Popular Romantic Novel Award in 2019. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica
Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice. Louise lives with her husband on the outskirts of Hull, and loves her
job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012.